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Concord Law School at Purdue University Global offers a first-rate legal education with online flexibility and exceptional affordability. Purdue Global is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, and the law school is registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Registration with the Committee permits Concord JD graduates, who meet the regulatory requirements, to apply for admission to the State Bar of California.
We’re very proud of the rigorous, rewarding online legal education program we have pioneered. Over the last 20 years, we have set the bar for developing and supporting innovative programs that revolutionize the way students can obtain a law degree. At Concord Law School, we strive to:
- Deliver an academically competitive legal education in a distance-learning environment
- Proactively support students with dedicated services and personalized guidance
- Provide greater access to affordable legal education
State Bar of California Registration: Distance Learning
Concord Law School’s method of instruction delivery—via the internet without a fixed classroom facility—places it in the Distance Learning Law School category under the State Bar rules. While the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association (ABA) do not accredit fully distance learning schools, the Committee does register schools in this category. Concord Law School is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, but is not accredited by them or by the ABA. Registration with the Committee permits Concord JD graduates, who meet the regulatory requirements, to apply for admission to the State Bar of California. Study at, or graduation from, Concord does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California upon graduation.
A student seeking admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California may need additional experience/education to qualify for that state's bar. For example, graduates who pass the California Bar exam and gain licensure in California may then immediately pursue licensure in the states of Wisconsin and North Carolina. For licensure options in other states, students should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirement for admission to the practice of law prior to enrollment at Concord.
Although Concord is part of Purdue University Global, a regionally accredited university, it is not approved by the American Bar Association. The ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools currently do not allow for JD programs that are delivered fully online. Accordingly, admission to the bar in states other than California may be limited.
A student who earns a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Concord Law School and meets the other regulatory requirements, including passing the First-Year Law Students’ Exam, is eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. If that person passes the exam and meets the State Bar of California’s other admissions requirements, he or she can be admitted to practice law in California. Because Concord is not accredited by the American Bar Association, study at, or graduation from, Concord does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California upon graduation. Additional education or experience may be required. Students should contact the admitting authority in any state in which they may want to be admitted to determine the specific admissions requirements.
The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program is principally by technological means, including interactive classes.
Students enrolled in the JD degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s JD degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s JD degree program, but will receive credit for only 1 year of legal study.
Graduates from the Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) professional law degree program at Concord do not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California or any other state.